The Seattle Seahawks had an historic season in 2013, winning their 1st Super Bowl in franchise history. They were able to have success things in large part to a shutdown defense and a solid running attack. It is always difficult to defend a title in the NFL, but a big key could be the reemergence of Percy Harvin. He has a chance to be a standout in high stakes fantasy football if healthy once again.
This year, HBO's fantastic documentary series, Hard Knocks, will be coming to Atlanta to cover the attempted rebuilding effort for the Atlanta Falcons. There were rumors and scuttlebutt that the NFL would try to get the St. Louis Rams to be on the show to document Michael Sam's attempt to make an NFL roster. The thought was that the NFL cancelled Oprah's planned documentary in order to control the story themselves.
Back in February NCAA All-American, SEC Defensive Player of the Year, University of Missouri defensive lineman, and the NFL prospect Michael Sam announced publicly that he was gay. This past Saturday, Sam was selected 249th overall pick in the NFL draft by the St. Louis Rams. Making him the very first openly gay draft pick.
With the bulk of free agency over, it's time to look at which teams did the most to improve their squads, and which teams saw notable players leave during free agency. Contract values matter—overpaying for talent hurts you, while signing players for a value helps. In short, these are the teams that shopped wisely, finding bargains both big and small.
The New York Jets, led by head coach Rex Ryan, have picked up former Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. Former Jets QB Mark Sanchez was later signed by the Eagles to a one year deal, so the two teams essentially swapped backup quarterbacks.
Freezing winter storm created a lot of problems for the players in NFL games that were played on Sunday, 8th December. The NFL never gives a call to stop the game in mild snow or moderate stormy weather conditions. But, this time the snow was going on all the day and it had impacted several players.
Parity. Bud Selig has called it his wet dream (well, not literally). David Stern swears by it. The NFL embodies it. Some call it a positive and it is, to a degree. But has football gone too far?
The criteria as to what qualifies someone as a great athlete is subjective to a point, but empirical as a matter of course. Only the biggest, fastest, strongest, most resilient athletes can make it to the NFL. And only the best of that bunch can make a long career out of it. The following 10 players exemplify excellence at their respective positions.
Here's your stat of the week, and something to keep an eye on over the remainder of the season. The Baltimore Ravens wide receivers combined for 15 receptions for 215 yards. Anquan Boldin alone racked up 13 receptions for 208 yards in the 49ers victory over the Packers. Especially with Michael Crabtree out for the year, the trade that sent Boldin to the 49ers for only a sixth-round pick seems primed to go down as the most important personnel move of the entire offseason.
Walls painted in vivid hues to match favorite NFL team's colors. Floors covered in astroturf and giant comfy chairs fit for royalty. An enormous flat screen TV capable of playing every NFL game the Sunday schedule holds. And perhaps, most importantly, a full-sized fridge stocked with beer, soda, hot wings, and dip. Feeling ambitious. Install a bar.
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